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Why is AI dominated by immigrant entrepreneurs?

Like many other immigrant entrepreneurs, Archer Chiang, who is the founder of a corporate gifting platform, sought to solve his own problems. While studying as an international student in the U.S., he missed his family back in Taiwan and wanted to send gifts as a way of expressing his…
Nov 9, 202305 min read
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From busboy to millionaire: How this Bangladeshi immigrant made his…

Since COVID-19 took indoor dining off the table, restaurants have resorted to takeout and delivery, often relying on third-party platforms like Uber Eats and GrubHub, which charge commissions from 15 to 30 percent per order. Nabeel Alamgir, a 30-year-old Bangladeshi-American based in New York, believes he has the solution…
Jul 18, 202115 min read
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How Indian American Clubhouse co-founder Rohan Seth started a global…

“I have always been astonished by the incredible creativity of Indians,” Clubhouse co-founder Rohan Seth said in an interview. A Stanford graduate of Indian origin, Seth certainly embodied that spirit of ‘Indian creativity’ when he devised the world’s most popular live discussion app, where users can participate as both…
Jun 23, 202115 min read
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Sri Lankan immigrant entrepreneurs bring taste of home to NYC’s…

In 1967, a young Leslie Gunaratne found himself in Staten Island, now New York City’s smallest borough by population. The Sri Lankan accountant, seeking better opportunities, became one of the first people from his country to settle in New York. Six years later, he became a U.S. citizen and…
May 24, 202104 min read
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How South Asian women are breaking into the U.S. entrepreneurship…

Having a stable and secure job, and rising up the corporate ladder is seen as the ideal career graph for women from the Indian subcontinent, but the vast potential in the U.S. is attracting an increasing number of female entrepreneurs. Many South Asian women businesses have been inspired by…
Mar 8, 202106 min read
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India’s “untouchable” Dalits find liberation in American entrepreneurship

When Nitesh (name changed on request) immigrated to Michigan to work for a Fortune 500 company, he was unaware that caste prejudices would follow him from his hometown in southern India.  The 44-year-old ended up working as a tech specialist at a company employing many high-caste Indians. Nitesh is…
Feb 16, 202104 min read
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How Sikhs are living the great Indian trucking dream in…

In the 1990s, a turbaned Indian man would have attracted stares in many parts of America, but a lot has changed since then. The Sikh indian trucking community is now a force to be reckoned with. In a relatively short time, they have managed to launch truck companies, trucking…
Nov 11, 202004 min read
How South Indian classical music entrepreneurs make it in America

How South Indian classical music entrepreneurs make it in America

At a time when large parts of South Asia were under the rule of Maharajas, performers of Carnatic music received patronage from aristocrats and temples alike. This genre is now struggling in the country where it was born. The bright spot for those passionate about Carnatic music has become…
Sep 1, 202003 min read
How American entrepreneurs are making Indian entrepreneurs great again

How American entrepreneurs are making Indian entrepreneurs great again

Approximately 700,000 American citizens currently live in India, according to a White House fact sheet published in 2017. A disproportionately large percentage of these Americans are likely U.S. citizens of Indian origin. The “U.S.-returned,” as they’re called in local jargon, see India as a land of opportunity. Many have…
Jul 13, 202005 min read